A little flashback from 2010:
“The Snow Miser Song,” Dick Shawn, 1974
“The Heat Miser Song,” George S. Irving , 1974
The feuding Miser Brothers are easily two of the biggest stars of the stop-motion classic “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” In the show, the songs are played separately, so YouTube user Marco Hofschneider combined the two and removed the sound effects to combine them into one wonderful ode to heat, cold, and big egos.
That’ll do it for this year! I hope you enjoyed this year’s count-up and you can click here to hear all seventy songs!
“Love on Layaway,” Gloria Estefan, 1999
Gloria Estefan brings a delightful tropical beat to this ode to saving.
“Mele Kalikimaka,” Bing Crosby, 1950
The North has white Christmases, the south has green Christmases, and Hawaii has plenty of sun and clear skies!
TRIVIA: Mele Kalikimaka is not a translation. Because the Hawaiian language is phonetically different from English, it is an approximation of “Merry Christmas.”
“Up On The Housetop,” Gene Autry, 1953
This is Gene’s third (and well-deserved) entry on this list. Who wouldn’t go?
TRIVIA: The song was written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864. In addition to being a songwriter, Benjamin was also involved in the Underground Railroad.
“Hard Candy Christmas,” Dolly Parton, 1982
Originally written for the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the song is sung by the ladies of the brothel as they prepare to leave after its being shut down. Dolly Parton recorded a solo version of the song which has become a Christmas staple.
TRIVIA: A ‘hard candy Christmas’ means rough times, such as when a family can only afford to give their children hard candy as a Christmas gift.
“Here We Come a-Wassailing,” Under the Streetlamp, 2012
These guys take the staid old English carol and kick it up with some American rockabilly!